The New York Police Department will give a smartphone to every single one of its officers in the field. Although Microsoft wasn’t mentioned, it looks like many of the devices issued will be running Windows.
The police and firefighters that cover your particular neighborhood may be using Nextdoor to warn you about safety concerns.
In investigating a minor government scandal, the British police used the RIPA law — recently expanded to include web-based communications of all kinds — to figure out a journalist’s sources. Somehow, this was legal.
After investigating police brutality during the Occupy protests, the non-profit news site Oakland Local decided to harvest 22 years of court data to create a database of alleged police misconduct and has made it free under a Creative Commons license.
Seattle is asking its police department if it could use a new municipal Wi-Fi network to track its citizens. The short answer is yes, but the information it could collect is information we’re freely sharing.
The police want to see how dangerous 3D-printed guns really are — in terms of smuggling them through security checks, but also with a view to perhaps using them themselves.
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As Britain ponders a crackdown on social media and uses facial recognition to try and identify looters, it reinforces the fact that spending more of our time on public networks such as Twitter and Facebook gives police and governments even more ability to observe our behavior.